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   Tech Sports News

Football Recruiting: Hokies Get Commitment from DE Kory Robertson

As noted in a TSLMail Breaking News update Thursday, the Hokies landed their second recruit for the 2003 football recruiting class when Magna Vista (Ridgeway, VA) defensive end Kory Robertson committed to Tech Wednesday night. The 6-4, 270-pound Robertson was receiving interest from Virginia and East Carolina in addition to Tech, but the Hokies were the first to offer, and he bit on the offer immediately.

We caught up with Kory Thursday night to get his thoughts on his commitment. He attended the Tom Lemming photo shoot on May 5th, and that was his first exposure to the Tech campus and his first chance to meet Tech Coach Frank Beamer. "I think he's a pretty down to earth person," Robertson said of Beamer, "a person I can get to like as a friend, instead of just looking at him as my superior all the time."

Robertson's recruiting coach is QB coach Kevin Rogers, who took over the central Virginia recruiting area from Rickey Bustle. Robertson had met Rogers once when Rogers came to visit him at Magna Vista, and he spoke with him again at the Lemming photo shoot, and then Rogers called with the scholarship offer early this week.

As for where Robertson sees himself fitting in at Tech, his coach, Joe Beckelheimer, feels that Tech is recruiting Robertson as a defensive tackle. But Robertson, who can run a 4.8 forty according to Beckelheimer, is thinking otherwise. "I was hoping defensive end. I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Rogers about where exactly I fit in. He said he would send me a letter and call me again later, so we can talk about things then."

Robertson says that his strengths are, "I've got heart, and I play hard always. I just need to keep building my body and getting stronger. I don't think I did that good last year. I think I can do better." He had 42 tackles, 8 sacks, and 5 other tackles for loss as a junior last year for 10-2 Magna Vista.

Robertson sees a redshirt year in his future after he arrives at Tech. "I think I'll wait until I get there to talk to Coach Beamer about redshirting. But I think I'll probably redshirt and spend that year getting stronger and then come back stronger and ready to play."

Like most juniors, Robertson isn't fully qualified academically yet, because he hasn't taken the SAT yet. "I'm taking the one in June, and then I'm going to take it at least twice in my senior year. I've got a 2.8 GPA, but after this year, it should go up to a 3.0, because my grades are really good this year." He wants to get his undergraduate degree and then go on to medical school after college.

Robertson, who describes himself as a "solid" 270 pounds, also plays basketball and runs track (discus and shotput) for Magna Vista. He deadlifts 640 pounds and squats 610, and in the last year, he has improved his bench press from 225 to 280. "We don't really have a formal weightlifting program, I think. Coach opens up the weight room and tells us to come lift and get stronger and get the experience, but some people just don't commit to it. They don't come in, and they come back the next season, and they're not any bigger or stronger. I'm committed to it."

Robertson joins Centreville's Matt Welsh as verbally committed to Tech for 2003. Robertson was not ranked on Doug Doughty's list of the top 25 juniors in the state this year, with Welsh at #3. TSL sources say that the Tech coaches are very excited about Robertson's commitment, and they feel that they already have verbals from two of the top ten players in the state.

Tech Sports News

Football: 1500 season tickets went on sale to the general public this week, meaning that all Hokie Club members have made their requests, and now the general public (non-Hokie Club members) can buy the remaining available season tickets.

Even with the 11,000 new seats in the South end zone, the Hokies are still very close to selling out season tickets. This is a great sign for a football program that just nine seasons ago (in 1993) sold just 10,506 season tickets. That number may hit 38,000 this year.

To purchase season tickets, call 1-800-VATECH4.

Tennis:  The men's tennis team knocked off #23 UNC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to #5 Tennessee, the host school, in the second round.

Golf:  After one day of competition, the Tech golf team is tied for 13th in the 27-team NCAA Central Regional Golf Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 4th-seeded Hokies were led on day one by Brendan De Jonge, who tied for 13th individually despite playing with a cracked rib suffered two weeks ago when he fell in his bathtub.

The top ten teams advance to the NCAA Golf Championship in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks, and the Hokies are just three strokes out of 10th place.

Softball: The softball team fell to Notre Dame last weekend in the Big East championship, losing 2-1 and 3-1 in the championship round. Tech missed getting invited to the 48-team NCAA Tournament, so the season is over for the 42-18 Hokies.

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor

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Football News and Articles:
A Rough 2002? Don't Bet on It. - by Will Stewart,, 5/16/02
Virginia Tech fans who are living in fear of the Hokie football team posting a mediocre record in 2002 need to remember one thing: history suggests otherwise.

Football Season Ticket Sales on Record Pace - by Will Stewart,, 5/13/02
Virginia Tech announced today that 1,500 season tickets are being made available to the general public, indicating that season ticket sales are on a record-shattering pace for the 2002 football season. 

Other Articles:
Virtual O&M Tour 2002 - by Nick Moga, 5/15/02
Okay, fellow Hokies, so you donít live close to a Hokie club? Or maybe you had to work the evening that the Orange and Maroon (O&M) Tour came to your neighborhood?

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